1. a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past

    Synonyms : past tense
    Type Of : tense
  2. the time that has elapsed

    Synonyms : past times, yesteryear
    Antonyms : future
    Type Of : time
    Examples :
    • forget the past
  3. so as to pass a given point

    Synonyms : by
    Examples :
    • every hour a train goes past
  4. of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office

    Synonyms : preceding, retiring
  5. a earlier period in someone's life (especially one that they have reason to keep secret)

    Type Of : period of time, period, time period
    Examples :
    • reporters dug into the candidate's past
  6. earlier than the present time; no longer current

    Antonyms : future, present
    Examples :
    • time past
    • his youth is past
    • this past Thursday
    • the past year


  1. a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution

    Synonyms : educatee, student
    Type Of : enrollee
  2. a young person attending school (up through senior high school)

    Synonyms : school-age child, schoolchild
    Type Of : youth, spring chicken, young person, younker
  3. the contractile aperture in the center of the iris of the eye; resembles a large black dot

    Type Of : aperture


  1. the Indic language spoken by people in Pakistan and Punjab

    Synonyms : panjabi
    Type Of : sanskrit, sanskritic language
  2. a member of the people of Pakistan and Punjab

    Synonyms : panjabi
    Type Of : indian


  1. an offer of marriage

    Synonyms : marriage offer, marriage proposal, proposal of marriage
    Type Of : offer, offering
  2. the act of making a proposal

    Synonyms : proposition
    Type Of : speech act
    Examples :
    • they listened to her proposal
  3. something proposed (such as a plan or assumption)

    Type Of : content, substance, subject matter, message


  1. set in advance

    Synonyms : preset
    Examples :
    • at a predetermined time


  1. slang for a paunch

    Synonyms : bay window, corporation, potbelly, tummy
    Type Of : paunch, belly
  2. a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination

    Synonyms : can, commode, crapper, potty, stool, throne, toilet
    Type Of : plumbing fixture
  3. a resistor with three terminals, the third being an adjustable center terminal; used to adjust voltages in radios and TV sets

    Synonyms : potentiometer
    Type Of : potential divider, voltage divider
  4. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent

    Synonyms : batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad
    Type Of : large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity
  5. a container in which plants are cultivated

    Synonyms : flowerpot
    Type Of : container
  6. street names for marijuana

    Synonyms : dope, gage, grass, green goddess, locoweed, mary jane, sens, sess, skunk, smoke, weed
    Type Of : marihuana, cannabis, marijuana, ganja
  7. the quantity contained in a pot

    Synonyms : potful
    Type Of : containerful
  8. the cumulative amount involved in a game (such as poker)

    Synonyms : jackpot, kitty
    Type Of : stakes, wager, stake, bet
  9. metal or earthenware cooking vessel that is usually round and deep; often has a handle and lid

    Type Of : vessel, cooking utensil, cookware
  10. plant in a pot

    Type Of : plant, implant, engraft, imbed, embed
    Examples :
    • He potted the palm


  1. (British informal) summarized or abridged

    Examples :
    • a potted version of a novel
  2. preserved in a pot or can or jar

    Examples :
    • potted meat
    • potted shrimp
  3. of plants; planted or grown in a pot

    Antonyms : unpotted
    Examples :
    • potted geraniums


  1. an incidental benefit awarded for certain types of employment (especially if it is regarded as a right)

    Synonyms : fringe benefit, perquisite
    Type Of : benefit
  2. gain or regain energy

    Synonyms : gain vigor, percolate, perk up, pick up
    Type Of : convalesce, recover, recuperate


  1. being at the best stage of development

    Synonyms : meridian
    Examples :
    • our manhood's prime vigor
  2. the time of maturity when power and vigor are greatest

    Synonyms : prime of life
    Type Of : adulthood, maturity
  3. cover with a primer; apply a primer to

    Synonyms : ground, undercoat
    Type Of : paint
  4. the period of greatest prosperity or productivity

    Synonyms : bloom, blossom, efflorescence, flower, flush, heyday, peak
    Type Of : period, period of time, time period
  5. a natural number that has exactly two distinct natural number divisors: 1 and itself

    Synonyms : prime quantity
    Type Of : number
  6. first in rank or degree

    Synonyms : premier
    Examples :
    • the prime minister
  7. of superior grade

    Synonyms : choice, prize, quality, select
    Examples :
    • prime beef
  8. fill with priming liquid

    Type Of : make full, fill, fill up
    Examples :
    • prime a car engine
  9. insert a primer into (a gun, mine, or charge) preparatory to detonation or firing

    Type Of : set, ready, prepare, gear up, set up, fix
    Examples :
    • prime a cannon
    • prime a mine
  10. of or relating to or being an integer that cannot be factored into other integers

    Examples :
    • prime number
  11. the second canonical hour; about 6 a.m.

    Type Of : canonical hour
  12. used of the first or originating agent

    Examples :
    • prime mover


  1. the characteristic of doing things without delay

    Synonyms : promptitude
    Type Of : celerity, quickness, rapidity, rapidness, speediness
  2. the quality or habit of adhering to an appointed time

    Synonyms : punctuality
    Type Of : timing